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Federal Circuit Review | August 2015

Online Banking Patents Based On “Abstract Ideas” Held Patent Ineligible Under Alice - In Intellectual Ventures I LLC v. Capital One Bank (USA), NA, Appeal No. 2014-1506, the Federal Circuit held that claims directed to...more

Privileged Documents and Regulatory Investigations: When Does Waiver Come Into Play?

When a regulator comes knocking at your door, with an order compelling the production of documents, how should you treat communications between you and your lawyers? Are you required to produce privileged documents to the...more

Section 236 of the UK Insolvency Act 1986 – extra-territorial effect?

The English High Court rejects an application by the Joint Special Administrators of MF Global UK Limited (“MF Global”) for an order seeking the production of documents pursuant to section 236 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (the...more

Court Grants Restraining Order in Light of Inadvertent Disclosure (California)

Newark Unified Sch. Dist. v. Superior Court , 2015 WL 4594095 (Cal. Ct. App. July 31, 2015). In this inadvertent document release case, the plaintiff sought injunctive relief against the defendant, requiring the return...more

Failure to Specify Production Requests Leads to Indeterminate Ruling (Michigan)

Nykoriak v. City of Hamtramck, 2015 WL 4600234 (E.D. Mich. July 29, 2015). In this civil rights case, the defendants filed a motion to compel production of documents from the plaintiff. The defendants alleged that, while...more

Targeted Search Criteria for ESI Results in Granted Discovery Request (New York)

Stinson v. City of New York, 2015 WL 4610422 (S.D.N.Y. July 23, 2015). In this production dispute, the plaintiffs sought to compel the production of ESI kept by the defendants that would show an increase in legally...more

DC Circuit reaffirms confidentiality of internal investigation communications

For the second time in 14 months, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit has taken the extraordinary step of issuing a writ of mandamus to stop a federal district court from requiring a federal government contractor to...more

D.C. Circuit Weighs In Once Again in KBR Privilege Fight

In the ongoing saga which has been the subject of a previous post on this blog, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has once again found that the district court erred in ordering the production of the...more

E-Discovery Update: Nonresponsive Attachments – In or Out?

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure state that "[p]arties may obtain discovery regarding any nonprivileged matter that is relevant to any party's claim or defense." Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(1) (emphasis added). In electronic...more

California Supreme Court Will Review Appellate Decision Holding That Attorney Bills Are Privileged

In June, I blogged about County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors v. Superior Court, 235 Cal. App. 4th 1154 (2015). In that case, the California Court of Appeal (Second Appellate District) concluded that legal defense bills...more

Menomonie Restaurant Owner in Contempt of Court

Wisconsin Company Held in Contempt for Failure to Provide Information and Pay EEOC's Attorney's Fees - MADISON, WISCONSIN - North Broadway Holdings, Inc., owner of a restaurant previously known as Sparx Restaurant, and...more

Social Media Highlighting E-Discovery Case Law for First Half of 2015

The end of June marks the halfway point for the year and is often a time for reflection on key events of the year. In e-discovery this usually translates to a review of cases that matter – those which reveal new or growing...more

It May Be A Lawyer Doing Work At A Law Firm…But Don't Call It 'Legal Work'

As e-discovery issues abound, the increased number of contract lawyers combing through massive document productions for privilege and relevance has developed into a cottage industry in the past decade. Companies helping law...more

When the Fifth Amendment Privilege Doesn't Work-Tax Cases

A recent decision of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals illustrates the futility of expecting that the Fifth Amendment Privilege Against Self-incrimination will shield taxpayers from production of offshore financial records. ...more

Court Follows Cost Shifting Analysis for Backup Tape Production (California)

United States ex rel. Carter v. Bridgepoint Educ., Inc., 305 F.R.D. 225 (S.D. Cal. 2015) - In this qui tam action claim case, the plaintiffs demanded that the defendants restore inaccessible ESI, specifically emails,...more

Court Takes Middle Ground in Balancing ESI Production Costs (Texas)

F & J Samame, Inc. v. Arco Iris Ice Cream, 2015 WL 4068575 (W.D. Tex. July 2, 2015) - In this trademark dispute case, the plaintiff raised a Lanham Act claim against the defendants’ company, claiming that the defendants’...more

Cooperation, the SEC and FOIA

A critical part of cooperating with an SEC or DOJ investigation for FCPA or other possible violations is the production of documents. In order for the company to assess what happened it must conduct an internal investigation...more

Controlling the $7 Billion Patent Troll Litigation Machine

Nearly $7 billion: that is the projected cost of litigation filed by non-practicing entities, or patent trolls, in 2015. A recent report by Unified Patents revealed that patent case filings are expected to surpass 6,100 this...more

5 Reasons to Use Inspection Demands

With a written demand for inspection or production, a party can get the opposing party to produce documents or things for inspection, copying, testing, and sampling. CCP §2031.010. This can be a powerful discovery tool with...more

Sloppy Submissions By Patent Owner Earn PTAB Sanctions

Having a bad day? It can’t be worse than the series of errors a Patent Owner found itself in the middle of in Euro-Pro Operating LLC v. Acorne Enterprises, LLC, (IPR2014-000351 and IPR2014-00352). In those cases, a series of...more

Cascades v. Samsung: Court Denies Motion to Compel Deposition of Trial Counsel but Grants Request to Produce Fee Agreement

Defendant Samsung Electronics Co. ("Samsung") filed a motion to compel plaintiff Cascades Computer Innovation, LLC ("Cascades") to produce additional documents and to require its trial counsel to appear for a deposition....more

Courts React Differently to Litigants' Failure to Properly Log Withheld Documents

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure do not require privilege logs, but most courts require one in their local rules, or at least expect one. Courts can react in widely varying ways to litigants' failure to prepare any log,...more

The Long Arm of the Law is Not That Long: Court Declines Jurisdiction over Document Production by Foreign Non-Party

In Lockwood Financial Ltd. v. China Blue Chemical Ltd., the British Columbia Supreme Court (BCSC) ruled that it does not have the territorial jurisdiction to order a foreign company to give documentary evidence in a...more

Submitting Your Defense Bills to Insurers Could Mean Waiving Privilege

Recently, the California Court of Appeal decided County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors v. Superior Court, 235 Cal. App. 4th 1154 (2015), a case considering whether the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department could be...more

E-Discovery- Bring Back the Boxes

It is not uncommon, in the litigation of a federal construction claim, for the Government to produce gigabytes of electronic data, amounting to thousands and thousands of documents, in response to a motion for the production...more

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